Danny Graham is an ‘integral’ part of Rovers’ plans moving forward, according to boss Tony Mowbray.

Graham has signed up for an extended stay at Ewood Park in a boost to Mowbray’s attacking options.

The 32-year-old netted 17 times last season and is a key figure both on and off the pitch at the club.

And Mowbray said: “I think Danny is a very integral part of what we are doing and what we achieved last season.

“He’s got huge experience of the Championship of course and has scored plenty of goals at that level as well.

 “He was important, along with the likes of (Charlie) Mulgrew, (Elliott) Bennett, (Craig) Conway - the senior players - who managed to drive the dressing room and keep the standards high.

“It is important to keep those personalities in the dressing room and as well as that, he’s a player who almost guarantees goals when he gets the playing time.”

Graham, who signed after leaving Sunderland in the summer of 2016, has agreed a new one year contract which includes the option of a further 12 months.

Mowbray hopes that proves an incentive to the experienced frontman, telling the club website: “It’s about him working hard, staying lean, staying fit and we’re happy to have him for another year to continue scoring goals and moving us forward.

 “Danny gives us an option at times to go more direct when teams get men behind the ball. When you have a Bradley Dack or a Harry Chapman around him, picking up the pieces, he really does help the team.”